One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then … what happened next would change his life. [Note: Contains graphic images and descriptions of sexual behavior in animals.] Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, birds, humor, science, sex, TED2013, 2013
Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, birds, business, entertainment, music, 2009
How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biology, birds, consciousness, life, physics, TEDGlobalLondon, 2015
Biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira, a TED Senior Fellow, talks about her work helping to save birds and other animals stolen from the wild in Brazil. Once these animals are seized from smugglers, she asks, then what? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, biodiversity, biology, birds, global issues, science, TED2010, 2010
At EG'08, Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive. Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, animals, art, birds, creativity, entertainment, exploration, film,...
A personal story, a collective triumph: Dyan deNapoli tells the story of the world's largest volunteer animal rescue, which saved more than 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa. How does a job this big get done? Penguin by penguin by penguin ... Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBoston 2011, TED, Talks, animals, birds, collaboration, global issues, ocean, oceans,...
While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the globe skimmer, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, biosphere, birds, insects, science, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem -- so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? Raptor biologist Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, animals, biology, birds, nature, science, TED@Nairobi, 2012